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Posted By Smiley On Nov 15 2012 @ 3:50 pm In Chicago Bears | No Comments

The Texans and Bears had a pow wow of a game on Sunday as two defenses faced two of the NFL’s highest scoring offenses. In the end, both teams battled hard for the 8-1 record(tying them for best record in the NFL) but the Texans were the ones who emerged 8-1, thus sinking the Bears to 7-2 after 10 weeks. Let us look at how this game transpired on Sunday night.


The Bears offense tried to start off hot but with 54 degree weather with 8 mph winds and rain coming down, the bears started off with 2 fumbles and an interception on their first 3 drives. On the first fumble, the Bears first play of the game, Jay Cutler ran left and found an open Kellen Davis for 8 or 9 yards before former Bear, Danieal Manning, hit Davis and forced a fumble that was recovered by Houston. The very next drive, Michael Bush ran between the tackles and picked up 11 yards before Glover Quin forced another turnover for Houston. On the third drive of the game, Jay Cutler threw a strike down the middle for Kellen Davis, but Davis could not get seperation or make a play on the ball so Danieal Manning did. The Bears would put only 3 points on the board before Jay Cutler threw to a seemingly open Brandon Marshall only for Kareem Jackson break on the ball at the last minute. The Bears out gained the Texans in yards and went over 100 rushing yards(115 on 23 attempts) but only had 134 passing yards. The offense would only manage to score 6 points. Jay Cutler suffered a concussion on an unnecessary roughness call on Tim Dobbins and left after the half. He does not look like he will play against the 49ers.


Chicago’s defense continued to shine this week and doesn’t look like it is slowing down any. The Bears allowed 127 rushing yards total, however, Arian Foster (the league’s leading rusher) was held to 102 yards on 29 carries. The  defense also managed to hold Matt Schaub to only 95 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions (both by Tim Jennings). Andre Johnson only had 4 catches and 35 yards. On the touchdown, Lance Briggs had great coverage on  Foster but Schaub threw the ball where Foster could dive across the pylon for it and where Briggs couldn’t reach it. Other than that, the Bears held a great balanced offense to only 13 points and 215 yards.Tim Jennings increased his league-leading interception total when he recorded his 7th and 8th interceptions. Shea McClellin did suffer a concussion early in the game and is doubtful for Monday night’s game.

Special Teams

The Texans used the “Panther Squib” tactic and refused to kick to Devin Hester. This resulted in good field position for the Bears, but they could not capitalize on it with the amount of turnovers so early on. Robbie “As Good As” Gould was 2 of three, making a 51 yarder missed a 48 yarder wide left.


Houston Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson hits Jay Cutler in the first half during the game at Soldier Field.

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